The Country Town; A Study Of Rural Evolution

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byWilbert Lee Anderson

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII PERSONAL FORCES Boswell relates that Dr. Johnson once refused a living of considerable value in Lincolnshire. The thought of Dr. Johnson in a country parish seems not to have aroused any sense of humor in the faithful biographer, who after mentioning the conscientious convictions of his master concerning his personal duty, adds the pertinent consideration that Dr. Johnson's "love of London life was so strong, that he would have felt himself an exile in any other place, particularly if residing in the country."1 It would be the height of folly to deny the attraction of the city. The mere mention of men of the type of Johnson and Macaulay is enough to make it plain that the city is the proper setting for thinkers and men of affairs when they reach the cosmopolitan size. It is interesting, however, to find Dr. Johnson oppressed with the size of the little London of his day. Boswell had remarked, as they walked to church on Good Friday " that one disadvantage arising from the immensity of London was, that nobody was heeded by his neighbor; there was no fear of censure for not observing Good Friday, as it ought to be kept, and as it is kept in country towns." The doctor contended ."The Life of Samuel Johnson," Vol. I, Chap. IX. that, upon the whole, the day was very well observed even in London. "He, however, owned," writes Boswell, " that London was too large."1 The philosopher added more to the effect that it was not a case of the head outgrowing the body--a thing tolerable enough in his opinion, no doubt--but of a development in which head and body could not be made out at all. Evidently there would be some hazard if this critical old lover were to see his beloved London to-day. The gigantic city, however, has no lack of enchantments for those wh...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII PERSONAL FORCES Boswell relates that Dr. Johnson once refused a living of considerable value in Lincolnshire. The thought...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217891381

ISBN - 13:9780217891387

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